How To Extract Aloe Vera Gel – Without losing the Benefits

How To Extract Aloe Vera Gel – Without losing the Benefits

Aloe Vera plants have such a variety of uses and benefits for hair and skin. I am just more and more amazed everyday by what Aloe Vera Gel can do for us. I am all for natural hair and body treatments and today I am going to explain to how-to-extract-aloe-vera-gelyou how to extract Aloe Vera gel without losing the benefits.

I have a few plants of my own so I don’t usually buy the finished product because it grows in my garden, but it can be time-consuming to extract the gel and store it. For those of you that are not into DIY you can read my reviews on the finished products here. I have done research on 5 well known Brands that I chose that are good quality, pure, organic Aloe Vera gel which is safe to use.

Harvest, Prepare and Extracthow-to-extract-aloe-vera-gel

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Cut off 2 to 3 of the leaves from your plant, depending on the size of your plant. I know some stores even sell the fresh leaves separately.
Wash your Aloe leaves with clean water to get rid of dust and soil that might have stuck to them.

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2. Fill two containers with clean water. Set them aside.

3.Take one of the leaves and cut off both ends and put it in one of your containers, do this with all the leaves.

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There is a reason behind this. Aloe Vera leaves contain Aloin which is a natural laxative, but that’s not the problem. The problem is it can irritate your skin and even cause a rash. By leaving it in the water for a few hours (5 hours) the Aloin can drain, you will see the water changing to a yellowish color.

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4. After the 5 hours take the leaves from your one bucket and cut off the thorns on both the sides first. After that slice open the leaves through the middle and with a tablespoon or knife scoop out the transparent gel from the green outer layer and drop the gel in the second container to wash off the remaining Aloin. When it’s washed and clean you can move it to another container or directly into the blender.

The green skin and thorns can go straight to the dustbin.

If you’re going to use this for your hair, blend the gel until it is completely smooth, I use an electric blender. I have learned from personal experience, that the small parts of gel that aren’t blended thoroughly, will get stuck in your hair.

Even after washing my hair I still had small pieces of gel leftover which I didn’t notice right after washing. As soon as my hair dried, those particles hardened making it difficult to comb through my hair and to comb it out.

So moral of the story is BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND until it is smooth! 

The last step that I do is to take a wire mesh sieve and sift the aloe through with the help of a spoon just to make sure there are no particles left.

Then it’s ready for storage.

Aloe Vera Gel Storage/Preservation

  1. The Aloe gel can be stored for up to 10 days in the fridge, you can also add a few drops of lemon juice and mix that in as well , it aids in preserving the product for longer. I would not leave it in the fridge for longer than 10 days.
  2. For long term storage I take the blended aloe gel, fill ice cube trays with it and pop that in the freezer. It can last for up to 6 months. Extracting the gel in bulk saves you time and gives your plants time to grow again. When you need to use the Aloe gel, take a block or two, thaw it and add the other ingredients or use the pure gel.

In My Opinion:

This is the best way to extract and preserve the gel. It’s the cheapest, safest, purest form of Aloe gel and none of the benefits are lost in the process. I have used these methods myself that’s why I can vouch for it.

PS. When i’m too lazy to extract the gel DIY, I use one of these organic aloe gel products instead, you have to let someone else do the hard work sometimes.

For Aloe Vera hair treatment masks, click here for 5 of the easiest recipes of all time.

If you have any tips or ideas on Aloe vera gel that you would like to add please leave a comment below I would love to hear from you.

Your Friend Chani

The Faeriedaele Fox

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